Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), the government-owned PSU has introduced a couple of prepaid recharge plans before Independence Day this year. The plans are Rs 29 and Rs 9 which are valid across the country. However, BSNL has revised the plans now and reduced the data benefit of both the plans. When both the plans announced back in August 2018, they were the best prepaid plans priced under Rs 50, but after this revision, they are on par with what private telcos are offering. The Rs 29 plan offers benefits for a week, while the Rs 9 recharge plan comes with a validity of one day. Notably, BSNL launched these two plans as Chhota packs.
BSNL Rs 29 Prepaid Recharge Now Comes With Just 1GB Data Benefit
Earlier, the Rs 29 prepaid recharge plan from BSNL offered a user 2GB daily data, unlimited voice calls in home circle and national roaming and 100 SMS per day for seven days or a week. But now, the same plan offers unlimited voice calls to any network within India but the calls will be charged at standard rates for numbers in Mumbai and Delhi circles. It now gives a user just 1GB of data as opposed to the 14GB data users got earlier and BSNL is providing 300 text messages for the entire validity period.
Thankfully, the validity of the plan is still seven days and users will still be able to enjoy free hello tune with unlimited song changes.
The Rs 9 prepaid recharge plan now provides an unlimited user voice calls in the home circle and national roaming calls, excluding Mumbai and Delhi. It also gives a user 100MB of data and 100 SMS which will be valid for one day. Earlier, BSNL offered 2GB of data, unlimited voice calls and the same 100 SMS benefit with the Rs 9.
BSNL Rs 29 Prepaid Recharge is Way Ahead of Private Telcos
Private telecom operators such as Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea Limited all are offering weekly plans priced around Rs 50. Talking about Jio first, it has a Rs 52 prepaid recharge plan which comes with benefits for seven days and offers 150MB data per day, unlimited voice calls to any network located within India and 70 text messages. Additionally, users will also get free access to Jio’s premium apps such as JioCinema, JioMusic, JioTV and so on.
On the flip side, Bharti Airtel also has a Rs 59 prepaid plan which gives benefits for seven days. Under this plan, Airtel is offering unlimited voice calls without any limit, 100 SMS per day and 1GB of 2G/3G/4G data. Likewise, Vodafone Idea has a Rs 47 prepaid plan which doesn’t compete with BSNL’s Rs 29 prepaid recharge as the validity is 28 days. The benefits of this plan are also very limited as Vodafone Idea caps the voice calls to 125 minutes and the plan comes with 500MB of data. But the best part is the validity of 28 days.
BSNL Formation Day Offers
A couple of days ago, BSNL introduced a bunch of prepaid plans offering talk time and data benefit. The telco also launched an Rs 18 prepaid plan offering unlimited voice calls and data. In some circles, the data benefit of Rs 18 is capped at 1.8GB per day, while in some circles, there’s no such limit. This Rs 18 prepaid STV from BSNL is valid for two days.